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I'm looking for a text editor that supports Markdown and has a spell check function. I would prefer a Windows program, although I can deal with a Linux solution. I don't own a Mac.

EDIT: Do any of these editors support live preview?

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'edit markdown' .. just edit it? or show it as it would be rendered? or just highlight the logical structure and some minor markup things? –  akira Feb 16 '11 at 7:25
@akira: Mostly all I want is spell check -- but the spell check would need to be smart enough to ignore things like links and markdown formatting. Syntax hilighting features like those available in Markdown Mode for Visual Studio would be nice, but aren't necessarily required. –  Billy ONeal Mar 15 '11 at 14:53

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MarkdownPad - This is a fully featured Markdown editor with live preview.

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be careful, see my comment on –  c33s Dec 27 '11 at 12:49
I too was a little apprehensive initially about this, but realized that its creating using WPF and thats how the 'updates' were designed to work. The author had said there would be a MSI package in future. –  Nanda Jan 22 '12 at 9:00
Where's the spell-check? –  mgroves Mar 25 '12 at 2:48
is there a mac or Ubuntu version? –  Ephraim Apr 26 '12 at 4:25
@mgroves Spell check was added in version 2, which was released in March 2013: –  Evan Wondrasek Sep 23 '13 at 19:13

Also, you might want to try Sublime Editor. I read that it support Markdown.

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Does Sublime support live preview? I poked around in the preferences and the help files and didn't find any indications that it could. –  Adam Wuerl Jun 29 '11 at 11:33
@adam: Sorry I haven't checked the editor. Just found its feature descriptor saying it has Markdown Support. –  Ngoc Pham Jul 1 '11 at 10:32
It does not support live preview out of the box, no. But it's pretty. :D –  Andres Riofrio Feb 29 '12 at 9:05
The Sublime Text 2 editor has been released recently. It's a really good editor, not only for Markdown specifically. I'm using it on a daily basis. –  Ngoc Pham Jul 15 '12 at 7:59

TextMate can do this. Mac OS X only.

e ("TextMate for Windows") can as well.

The TextMate instructions for activating live preview of Markdown files also apply to e.

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Sorry, I should have been more clear. –  Billy ONeal Jan 20 '11 at 6:19
@Billy Expected it. That's why I also gave a Windows option, although I'm not sure about its spell-checking capabilities. –  Daniel Beck Jan 20 '11 at 6:20
e text editor can show you a live preview of your markdown as well as syntax highlighting. –  Lance Fisher Feb 16 '11 at 7:14 supports Markdown and Spell check. It runs on Windows as well as a portable app. I really like it. My one gripe about it is it does not support syntax highlighting for Markdown.

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+/- 0 - Writemonkey looks very nice. But it seems that it doesn't support live spell-checking (underlining). –  Martin May 17 '11 at 10:26
Syntax highlighting is now supported in v2.2 beta, at least for some elements such as headings. –  Karl Fast Aug 30 '11 at 11:59

Markie is wysiwyg markdown editor made with Python & wxPython.

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Gonzo runs on Windows and is Open Source. Don't know if it has spell checking, but you could add that if you like!

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There is which looks very Metro and has built in spell checker.

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The spellcheck is nice! MarkdownPad is easier on the eyes though (due to fonts in the editor), and I guess I prefer dropdown menus. Thanks for sharing the option though, I'll probably still use it for the spellcheck. –  Frank Schwieterman Jan 26 '13 at 22:42

There seem to be a lot for Macs, but I have not seen any for Windows. There are also plenty of JavaScript markdown preview libraries, I am using one typing this funnily enough.

Emdee (Mac OSX) has just been out in the last few days:

There is also another Mac only program.

This might work on Windows with a bit of effort:

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Markdown was created by John Gruber, whose site has primarily a Mac user audience, so that's not surprising. –  Daniel Beck Jun 20 '11 at 19:12

I use gVim. Does a pretty good job with Markdown, has a reasonable spell checker and is an excellent text editor. It is very difficult to learn to use.

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